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Empowering marginalised ragpickers of Madnapur Khadar

Khudai Khidmatgar Delhi Unit organised a programme on “Working with Ragpickers- Now and Forever” at slum colonies of ragpickers in the area of Madanpur Khadar Extension JJ Colony on the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi, since Gandhi Ji believed in action rather than speech, said the organiser.

The motto of Khudai Khidmatgar is to work on the basis of action with marginalised sections.

Khudai Khidmatgar involved in the field work for the past few months for connecting the ragpickers with society in large, the programme was organised to concentrate on specific issues and problems related to ragpickers and strive to struggle with them for their rights.

“1) Youth Leadership- The programme paid attention on forming a committee among the Ragpickers youths who would concentrate to mobilise themselves and get awareness of social security and health related issues.

“2) Awareness on Social Security- Program concentrated on the issue of social security, which is one of the basic issues faced by marginalized sections of society. It would create a link between Government and ragpickers so that they are able to deal with issues of ragpickers accordingly. Also, it concentrated on creating awareness about the Govt schemes among ragpickers so that they could get a platform to raise their issues and problems to respective authorities. Another aspect was to concentrate on health consciousness, because being a ragpicker, most important thing is sanitation and cleanliness, so raising awareness about it would make them realise about concerns of their health and also, to organise health camps so that their health issues could be adequately dealt with.

“3) Education Awareness Programme- This issue deals with the education of children of ragpickers who Don’t get admission in schools. So, it was discussed on organising classes for children to provide them with basic education, as well as Remedial classes to their children.

“4) Legal Guidance- This issue concentrated on creating awareness about the rights and duties of people along with providing a specific forum for their legal problems and to solve them. Also, it consisted of paying attention on documentation of ragpickers which is one of the biggest issues which deprives them of benefits of various schemes,” said the forum’s representative.

There was a lot of enthusiasm among people and children were also happy to know about their education prospects, said the representative.

Khudai Khidmatgars included Dr Kush Kumar Singh, Rizwan Khan, Sushil Khanna, Tahseen Ahmed, Hasnain Beg, Sadiq Noor, Suyesh Tripathy, Kashif Jafar, Saad Kidwai and local residents also present at this campaign.

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